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Old 02-15-2003, 20:07   #1 (permalink)
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Something to think about

Well, I must be getting old to post this.

There is a section of road north of Brisbane that is a popular with people wanting to pedal their bikes and cars fast. The roads are fun and there is next to no traffic around. A lot of these guys pick early morning or late nights for their little blast. I have been guilty of late night blasts throught these roads in my car.

The following is from the Sunday Mail and may give you something to think about. This is starting to become a common problem. It is never safe on a public road.

While I like to whinge about the governments attitude to "speed kills" I can't help but feel sorry for the cops and emergency service crews that have to deal with this.

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A SUMMER joyride in the Sunshine Coast hinterland ended in tragedy yesterday for two Brisbane motorcyclists killed instantly when they slammed into a car.

A third rider lagging 500m behind, after taking a wrong turn in nearby Woodford, 80km north of Brisbane, saw his mates plough into a sedan towing a trailer.

"With the speed they were travelling at, neither of them stood a chance," a police spokeswoman said.

The car had just edged out from Wright Rd, a blind corner on the winding Kilcoy-Beerwah Rd, near Stanmore, when the northbound bikes T-boned the vehicle about 9am. A mangled silver Suzuki superbike, bought just five weeks ago, was propelled 30m on impact its speedometer stuck on 190km/h.

Senior-Constable Bill Hayes, from Woodford police, described the accident as one of the worst he had seen in his 14-year career.

"It's infuriating that the only time drivers seem to heed speed warnings is when a tragedy like this happens," Sen-Constable Hayes said.

He said police were "at the end of their tether" dealing with fatalities in the "death triangle" a network of challenging, winding mountain roads resembling a racetrack in the Glass House Mountains area. Five riders have been killed in the area since April 2002.

An elderly Woodford couple in the car escaped injury but were taken to Caboolture Hospital for observation.

Last night, police had not released the names of the dead, a 35-year-old man from Acacia Ridge, and his male friend, 38, from Strathpine.

The third rider, a man from Eagles Landing, was questioned by police and taken to Woodford, where he was cared for by a couple who had also witnessed the crash.

Woodford auxiliary firefighters and police took four hours to examine the scene and clear the wreckage.

All were expected to undergo counselling.
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